Steps to Take When You’re Trying to Serve Through Grief

I knew I had to claw myself out of the hole I was in and find a way to cope that was healthy. Below you will find 6 ways that I have found to help you cope in a healthy way.

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Guarantee of Storms: a Life Night Response to Disaster

It may seem like tragedies and disasters are happening more than ever these days. These events are heartbreaking and they can often spur up big questions: Why did God do this? Why do bad things happen to good people? How could a good and loving God let this happen? To […]

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What Bambi, Walt Disney, and the Cross Have in Common

I’m not the smartest guy on the block. God, in His mercy, is constantly reminding me of how little I know. He does this through marriage, parenthood, ministry, and, well, just about every facet of my life. I do know movies, however – at least I thought I did. So imagine my surprise several years back when I plopped down on our sofa for our “Family Movie Night” and ten minutes into the Disney classic Bambi I come to find out that Bambi is male.

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The Joy of Life

One of my absolute favorite movies is Life is Beautiful, starring Roberto Benigni as a humorous, joyful, hopeful husband and father through one of the history’s darkest times, the Holocaust. When I found out that this movie was Saint John Paul II’s favorite movie, it made total sense. The young […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 10:46-52)

Pity is a word we don’t enjoy hearing, and it’s definitely not something we seek. We say phrases like, “Don’t pity me!” or “Don’t look down on me!” when we feel ashamed or self-conscious. We have “pity parties” when life just isn’t going our way. Simply put: Pity is often […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 10: 35-45)

Greatness comes with a price, and it is not always what we want it to be. As a young youth minister, I dreamt about being known and recognized. I wanted people to come to me for advice, to listen to my ideas, and to regard me as a leader. I […]

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My Father’s Death Changed My Life

On November 19, 2004, my father lost his battle to brain cancer. I remember the tears, the “What now?” moments, and the pain. That’s not all I remember, though; in fact it’s what I remember least.

For the first nine years of my life, I remember the laughs he gave me when I would sit on his lap and he would bounce his leg up and down. I remember coming home from school and seeing the snacks he would make for us waiting on the table. I remember watching TV with him as my mother would leave for work, and watching her return hours later and the two of us still sitting in the exact position we were when she left. Most of all, I remember the love.

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I Fell in Love in a Hospital Room

At the very beginning of my second semester, in a freak medical accident, I suddenly lost my ability to walk. I had to be hospitalized and stay at a rehab center for a long period of time, beginning to rebuild my life and relearn how to do so many things that I had taken for granted. I didn’t understand how things could get any worse. I didn’t understand why God would put me through so much.

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Love in the Face of Evil

I got together with an old friend a few months ago. Toney is a friend I met long ago at the Steubenville West conference, and the last number of years of Toney’s life have truly inspired me. While we were talking I was moved to share his story with you; […]

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